Gijon’s Labor University is the maximum example of monumental architecture during the Franco autarchy in Spain (1939-1959). A boarding school for a thousand children, this socio-educational laboratory enacted the aspired future shape of the country's imposed "New Order". Using audio fragments of films from the two first decades of dictatorship, this film essays complementary ways to reveal the implications of this building-city, its ambiguous position between utopia and dystopia and its unique architecture, straddling the inventions of Piero della Francesca and Piranesi.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Guillermo G. Peydró (Madrid, 1981) is a filmmaker and PhD in Art History, film programmer for the international film festival Punto de Vista, and invited collaborator at the Modern Art Museum of Mexico DF. In his thesis, he studied the critical dialogue between cinema and the visual arts since the advent of the 20th century, as well as its aesthetic, academic and political uses, being invited to discuss the conclusions of his theoretical and practical work in the ACLA Seminar at the New York University in 2014. His first feature-length essay film, City of Work, had its premiere at the FID Marseille film festival in 2015.